The movie love continues with another solid week of releases including tons of TV box sets, some great catalog and some big budget blockbusters. These are your new releases for February 9, 2016.
First up this week is the new film from director Guillermo Del Toro, Crimson Peak. Mia Wasikowska plays Edith Cushing, a Victorian lady recently married to the mysterious Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Thomas brings Edith home to his old and decaying estate, Crimson Peak, to live with him and his strange sister Lady Lucille (Jessica Chastain). Almost immediately Edith feels a presence in the house and investigates the shrouded history of the Sharpe family and the ghosts of the past that haunt the halls.
Del Toro set out to make a gothic haunted house story and that he did. Crimson Peak is epic in scale, stunning beautiful in design and definitely gothic in atmosphere. Hiddleston, Wasikowska and Chastain are all excellent as well as a great supporting turn by Charlie Hunnam as the family friend concerned for Edith’s welfare. If grand and gothic is your thing, check out Crimson Peak for good old fashioned scares. And the Blu-ray set a bar for 2016 that will be hard to match.
Next up is the newest film in the James Bond franchise and Daniel Craig’s reported last outing as the smooth super spy, Spectre. This time out James Bond is scouring the world to find a trace of a sinister secret organization known as Spectre. After being suspended for going on a rogue mission, Bond sets out on his own to find Spectre and the man who heads it up, Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz).
While Spectre is a totally enjoyable Bond entry, I did find it to be my least favorite Craig Bond film to date. The action scenes are well staged and exciting, but the story lacks even though it attempts to link all of Craig’s Bond films into one story arc. And the one big element I was really looking forward to, the addition of Monica Bellucci to the cast as the newest ‘Bond Girl’, was extremely disappointing as she is only given a couple of scenes and has absolutely nothing to do. There are still thrills to be had and Craig is great as usual but it is a shame his reign didn’t go out on a grander note.
Lastly this week is Bone Tomahawk. Kurt Russell stars as Hunt, Sheriff of the small town of Bright Hope in the 1890’s. When a mysterious band of native cannibals abducts one of Hunt’s prisoners as well as a local woman and a deputy, Samantha and a deputy, Hunt puts together a group consisting of an older deputy (Richard Jenkins), the woman’s husband (Patrick Wilson) and a wealthy local man named Brooder (Matthew Fox) to set out into the hostile Indian territory to bring back their people.
On the surface, Bone Tomahawk appears to be a regular western. But as the film progresses it becomes many more things. It is a dialogue driven drama for the first two thirds then in the final act it becomes quite a gruesome horror film. The cast is absolutely killer with Russell, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins, and Patrick Wilson who is especially scene stealing here. This is a top notch dramatic thriller that should not be missed. It greatly overshadows Kurt’s other giant moustache movie, The Hateful Eight in my opinion.
Also of note this week is the thoroughly entertaining new Joe Dante movie Burying the Ex with Anton Yelchin and Alexandra Daddario, the acclaimed Lily Tomlin film Grandma and the hilariously action packed new horror comedy Freaks of Nature.
Until next week movie lovers.
DVD and Blu-ray Releases for Tuesday February 9, 2016
Amos and Andrew*
Bob the Builder: Building Sky High!
Burying the Ex
Care Bears: Bearied Treasure
Curse of the Faceless Man
Death by Hanging* - Criterion Collection
Freaks of Nature
Love the Coopers
Mountain Men: The Rules of the Wild Have Changed
Playin’ for Love
Power Rangers Time Force: The Complete Series
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Complete Series
Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Motion Picture Collection
Support Your Local Sheriff/Support Your Local Gunfighter*
Teen Wolf: Season Five Part One
The Andy Griffith Show: The Complete Series
The Big Heat*
The Emigrants/The New Land* - Criterion Collection
The Leftovers: The Complete Second Season
Touched by an Angel: The Complete Series
Transformers Robots in Disguise: Mission Discovery
Where the Sidewalk Ends*
*Catalog Blu-ray debut